Turner shies away from London’s Olympic stadium

HUCKNALL Olympian Andy Turner with his bronze medal at last year's World Championships
HUCKNALL Olympian Andy Turner with his bronze medal at last year's World Championships
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HUCKNALL’s great hope for London 2012 has revealed that he won’t be going anywhere near the Olympic Stadium until the Games.

While the rest of the country marked the landmark of 100 days to go before the Olympics start on July 27, Andy Turner (pictured) was continuing his policy of keeping a low profile.

“I still don’t intend to go to the Olympic Stadium before the start of the Games,” sprint hurdler Turner (31) told the ‘Metro’ newspaper.

“I feel that if I paid a visit, I would be out of my comfort zone. I want it to feel special when I do get to compete there.

“I often train at Crystal Palace and feel too comfortable there when the summer meet comes around.

“I don’t want that feeling at the Games. It has to give me goosebumps when I walk into such a special stadium.”

Turner, whose parents, Malcolm and Yvonne, live on Nottingham Road, Hucknall, is one of Britain’s main hopes for a medal. He is the reigning European and Commonweath 110m hurdles champion and won bronze at the World Championships last year.

He is currently back in Flordia, USA for the second of two winter/spring training camps. working hard to rectify a persistent achilles-tendon injury and improve his hurdling technique.

“The decent weather has helped me return to training after pulling my achilles tendon in January,” said the Surrey-based athlete.

“My partner and my kids won’t be coming back out with me for the full trip this time but I am staying in the Walt Disney Resort again and working with my rival [and good friend] David Oliver.

“It’s just a relief to be back hurdling because the injury led me to having scans and cortisone injections, which is obviously a concern in an Olympic year.

“But the reality is, at 31, I just have to manage the problem and constantly keep a check on it. There’s no doubt it could go either way at the moment but fingers crossed, I’ll stay injury-free for the foreseeable future.

“On the technique front, I’ve decided to return to eight strides to the first hurdle after experimenting with a switch to seven in America. My forte is my leg-speed and, while I was fast when I got it right over seven, I just wasn’t nailing it often enough.

“I’m better doing it this way and it’s good for my confidence. I do feel I’m making up for lost time but I’m regaining my sharpness and I’m hungry for success this summer.”